SCOUT OUT: Toscano’s Fichi Cocktail

Photo by Shane Godfrey.

TOSCANO, 52 Brattle St.

Fig-tastic: 

Dirty martinis not your thing? Then you’ll love this sweeter, just-as-strong twist on the classic cocktail. Herbal- and fruit-infused Luxardo bitters gives this libation a naturally sweet taste, while the black fig and Van Gogh Blue Triple Wheat vodkas pack a strong, alcohol-laden punch. Olives are also replaced with skewered plump figs, providing a much-anticipated snack after the last sip.

Tuscan transplant: 

Toscano’s second location in Harvard Square brings Tuscany-inspired dishes to this side of the Charles. A welcome addition to Harvard, this classy yet casual restaurant was even packed on a bitter cold Tuesday evening. If you’re not one to wait for a table, seats at the centrally located bar are just as comfortable.

Food for thought: 

Although the Fichi cocktail can stand up on its own, it also plays well with others. It’s hard to have a bad meal at Toscano, but recommended dishes include the Funghi di Bosco flatbread with wild mushrooms, mozzarella, thyme, tomato and olive oil, as well as the Ravioli Anatra, which consists of handmade spinach ricotta ravioli with ground duck sauce Fiorentina.

Worth the splurge: 

Toscano’s more formal yet approachable atmosphere makes it an ideal spot for a date night, a celebratory dinner or even just a casual evening out. The menu is reasonably-priced considering the consistently good food, impeccable service and outstanding cleanliness – not a crumb can be found on the tables, bar or floors.

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